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Re: Harness and Tether Recommendations?
For hot weather and where one prefers not to wear the combination inflatable PFD/harness, another possibility is to use a harness in combination with a belt pack inflatable PFD. The belt pack inflatable requires a slight deflation once you are in the water to finish putting it on....over your head, tighten straps, re-inflate fully. So, it's definitely not as safe/fool proof as the combined PFD/harness, but in sheltered waters and hot days, it can be cooler.
Of course, the idea of a harness is not to allow you to go overboard in the first place, so the PFD part is really a back-up in case the harness/tether/jackline don't do their job.
I always wear a belt pack inflatable when on the boat, whether I am using a harness or not. However, if it is getting a bit rough, then I switch to combination PFD/harness.
Last edited by NCC320; 03-21-2013 at 04:40 PM.